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Alaina Leverenz, MA

Alaina Leverenz researches dyadic interactions throughout a variety of contexts. She is focused on how families, romantic partners, and friends provide support, enact resilience, and make sense of their experiences through communication when they experience trauma or health crises; particularly through a narrative or metaphor lens. She also works in Dr. Haley Hortsman’s Narrative Lab studying pregnancy during COVID-19.

Alaina is a current doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). She earned her Master of Arts degree in Applied Communication from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she researched commitment, maintenance, and interdependence in friendships and romantic relationships. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication and Graphic Design from William Woods University.

Alaina has presented her research on various panels in the Interpersonal Division at the National Communication Association (NCA) Conventions. She has presentations accepted for Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Annual Conference and International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. She has also served as a conference submission reviewer for NCA in Applied Communication.

Alaina has work experience in higher education and nonprofits. She has a passion for volunteering in her community including organizations such as the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans taskforce, Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence, PHACE Syndrome Community, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority.